The chunky, wasteful home heating system is starting to become obsolete. The ever-increasing fuel costs have driven the industry to build up an assortment of new heating systems, boilers and other pieces of equipment that run on oil, gas, electrical energy, and coal. These new machines are more compact, more functional, and cost less than their predecessors.
The majority of the companies now use complex computer technology and thermal engineering. Some also utilize the current ceramics technology. One of the earlier versions of the new apparatus has been in the market since 1982, but a lot of these are just being launched into market, while others will be launched in the coming years. One of them is a compact domestic device that supplies heating, air-conditioning and hot water.
Putting the Geo in Geothermal
Researchers have noted a movement of trend in the creation of heating technology. It called for more compact designs and uses thermodynamics and its technology, and is more refined and will continue to be so as the years move along.
Other companies have seen an obvious change in the devices being more noise-efficient and stylish looking that some homes have placed them on show in their kitchens. I found this YouTube video pretty interesting:
One of most noted advancements in the field of home heating systems is the geothermal system. This type of heat pump commonly happens from within the Earth. Proving to be the most efficient among the home heating systems on the market, the geothermal system is a renewable source of energy that is environmentally friendly compared to heating systems powered by coal, electricity, and gas.
Pipes are put a few feet in the ground which avoids the consequences of icy temperatures. The earth there stays chilly with temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit or 15.5 degrees Celsius, making it a tepid supply of energy during winter time and a cool supply of energy in during the summer.
A combination of water and antifreeze is pushed through the pipes embedded underground to collect the thermal energy, and then directed to a heat pump and captures the energy and puts is to use to heat or cool the house. There might costs to electricity to use the heat pump but the effectiveness of the geothermal system will far outweigh the electrical costs.
Geothermal exchange technology utilizes readily accessible sources of energy and utilizes it resourcefully as it can put aside a considerable amount of money on utility bills monthly. The U.S. Department of Energy have acknowledged the geothermal heating technology as the most resource-friendly and environment-friendly home heating system available.
There are other home heating systems that have also advanced the use and effectiveness of heating technology. One of them is the air-to-air heat pumps which circulates the heat from one part of the house to another. It makes use of a cool storage area, by circulating the heat into the loops like the fridge; these heating systems can supply air conditioning as it takes away the heat from inside the house and places it outside.
During the winter season, the process is reversed as it supplies the heat by circulating the heat from the ambient air and moves it around the house. The only downside to this heating technology is that doesn’t work fully during extreme cold weather so there’s a tendency to rely on costly electrical devices to back-up the air-to-air pumps.
Flash Heat Forward
Back in the old days, the heating system of the people then was a lasting and first part of the house. The oil used at that time was 10 to 20 cents per gallon, so it made sense to limit it to that criteria. As times moved on, bigger and sturdier home heating systems were introduced and installed into homes. Just like the evolution of the automobiles, it wasn’t until the 1980’s that manufacturers started to rethink their products. They were now required to make their products geared towards being more energy efficient as an integral part of their design. It has changed over the years and has now come to be more mindful of its environmental effects as a whole.
Statistics have shown that of nearly 90 million American homes, almost 50 million heat their homes mainly by natural gas, over 10 million use oil, 15 million uses electrical energy and the remaining numbers utilizes firewood, propane, kerosene, petroleum, coal, solar energy and other sources of energy to warm their houses. The resource-friendly latest units occupy only less than 5 percent of the market but are showing rapid increase in demand.
The Heat of the Future
The United Kingdom’s Department of Environment and Climate Change have released their plan on creating an even more efficient home heating system for its residents. It constructed several plans of action in dealing and working with the industry in developing a road map for the heating technology industry and focusing on the long term effects of heat and CO2 emissions. It also plans to further develop the heating technology to further establish the government’s effort in supporting the industries and the companies that has a low impact on the environment.
The department has also commissioned several studies to evaluate the technical and economic future for the re-use of the heat recovered from low carbon energy source. It also has gathered the support of local authorities and in turn will support them in creating a network of heating technology and systems that will work directly with the department along with project teams. The department also plans to provide funding for two years in helping local authorities in handling their costs in order help them in setting up the early phases of the development of the heat technology network. This will permit the local authorities to put their projects forward to where it is an attractive investment to the eyes of different banks and commercial managers.
The uptake in using advanced heating technology is that it has little to no impact on the environment. It has also allows the consumers to save a lot of money by using various environmentally friendly heating systems. Initially these systems will come at a moderately expensive cost but there are incentive programs to help companies and builders in shouldering the costs in the initial phases of development and roll-out.